Friday, August 31, 2018

Season's Trend: Leopard Prints







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Animal prints are out in full force this fall in different shades and in different styles; think zebra prints like we see in this Asos dress here and unusual shade like this pink leopard prints dress here. The different kind of prints; leopard, cheetah, zebra and the unusual colors (shade) is the twist to the trend this year. All leopard prints accessories are welcome too; belts, scarfs, bags and shoes. The styling options are endless too; mix leopard prints with polka dots for mixed print styling or style a leopard print cardigan or blazer with denim. Above is my Fall Leopard prints wish list. Happy viewing, shopping and styling.



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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Polka dots blouse + High waist pants





Are we tired of the polka dots trend yet? I don't think so. This trend is going right through fall and even if goes away, it will show up again as it has done in previous years. This is the reason why I have so many polka dots pieces in my closet. I wore this blouse to church weeks ago and it is similar to the one I wore here, just a different color. For this look, I paired it with a black color high waist paints which is.....*shhhh* actually a maternity pant. Yup! It is one of my maternity pants I got from Target years ago that I converted to a high waist pants and I didn't even have to do any alterations to it. I completed the look with a black blazer and white pair of sandals; as simple as can be. Don't you love it when you are able to wear old pieces from your closet? Thank you so much of stopping by here.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

How I style one shoulder tops





Happy Wednesday Friends; I hope the week is going great. It's almost Friday; Woot! 😁 This post is about overcoming personal insecurities when it comes to dressing up. Most women like me have one or two things about their bodies that they are insecure about and for me, it's my neck and fat arms...Lol 😂 This does not stop me from wearing off-shoulder tops or sleeveless tops though. I wear my looks with confidence; fat arms and all and you should too. I'm sharing this look I wore to Church weeks ago for our Wednesday mid-week service; a white one shoulder top over a red midi skirt. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Shopping for Clear Bags









Now that summer is gradually coming to an end, it is time to do some closet editing. How about we start by switching out summer accessories before piling on Fall layers. I know clear bags or PVC bags or transparent bags as they are called have been around all summer but it is not going anywhere anytime soon. It is a style of bag that is going to trend right through the Fall and Winter season. How appropriate too; after all, it would be the most functional bag to have on snowy, wet days. In an earlier post here, I talked about doing another post to share shopping information about any affordable clear bags I could find. I finally found very good quality clear bags on the Shein Website. Just compare spending $195 on this STAUD PVC clear bag to spending $13 on this Shein clear bag. It is obvious that one is a designer luxury piece and the other is not but hey! trends come and go and there is no need splurging on a piece that might go out of style after a season. I checked out the selections available on Shein and ordered a few because they are so, so affordable and I can really tell you that the quality of the bags are great for the price; (that is, the price matches the quality) because I got my orders already. This is the first time I shopped at this site and I intend to go back to buy one or two clothing pieces in order to check out the sizing and quality. If you are still interested in shopping for clear bags, check out the site here.


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Monday, August 27, 2018

Stripped top + White oversized denim





Happy Monday Friends 😀 We are almost at the end of summer (how sad) I've been busy enjoying the last days of summer with the kids and we just got back from our last family get-away for the summer and I'm now trying to get the kids ready for their first day of school which is after the Labor day holiday. Labor day is actually the unofficial last day of summer and they say no white outfit after the Labor day holiday and I say; "I don't care! haha! 😂 We all know those rules don't work anymore. Anyway, I wore this outfit weeks ago and just decided to blog it real quick this morning. I got this JCrew off the shoulder top last year and it actually had about one inch straps attached to the neckline which I cut off. The reason I cut them off was because I found them annoying whenever I tried to put on the top like putting my hands in the wrong hole and then finally getting it right and the straps falling off my shoulders over and over...have you ever experienced that with some off shoulder tops? 😜

Friday, August 24, 2018

BEAUTY Graphic Tee + Yellow Pants





Happy Friday Friends 😀 As the week rolls by fast to the weekend, it reminds me that we are getting closer to winter day by day. I don't mind fall season because the weather and the fashion is just right but the cold winter days and heavy jackets do not get me excited right now 😀 Anyway, I'll do my best to enjoy this summer while it lasts although it does get too hot and humid mot times which is the reason I do not wear this white graphic tee a lot. It is my absolute favorite tee. Aside from the fact that it is very soft and comfy, it has my name inscribed on it; yes...B-E-A-U-T-Y and in very beautiful graphics too. I got the tee from my now turned instagram friend Brenda who does a lot of branding on clothes and fashion accessories. She is so creative and talented and she is a Christian woman too and a "Mommypreneur" (entrepreneur) I got a couple other tees from her that are just as chic as this one. I got the tee from my now turned instagram friend Brenda who does a lot of branding on clothes and fashion accessories. She is so creative and talented and she is a Christian woman too and a "Mommypreneur" (entrepreneur) I got a couple other tees from her that are just as chic as this one which I previously blogged about here and here. Her website seems to be under maintenance at this time but you can check her out on her personal page @b.r_e.n_d.a and on her business page The book Lifestyle Boutique.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Polka dots Style: Red + White Eshakti Dress






Happy Thursday Everyone. I hope everyone is having a great summer. I don't know how long the polka dots trend would be here for; from the look of it, the trend is here to stay. I'm sharing this look I wore Sundays ago to Church featuring this red and white polka dot dress from Eshakti. I got the dress two or three summers ago and have worn it several times since and just when I thought it was time to give it a break, the polka dots trend started again this summer and I am here for it...😀 I have always loved the prints and have lot's of polka dots pieces in my closet so this trend is just one more reason to continue to shop my closet.  

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

How to Style: Blue color Statement Mules









So, this post is a styling inspiration for my recent Shoe Lovin' Post which is a random post that comes up on the blog every now and then showing trendy affordable shoes with shopping links on where to get them. The beautiful satin bow Mules from Ann Taylor featured in these sets is currently on sale. The cobalt blue shade would certainly add a pop of color to any outfit and since it is a statement piece, it can make a plain and simple outfit stand out. The "sets" in this post is an inspiration on how I would love to style the shoes first for the remaining days of summer in the first set and then for fall in the second set. Happy viewing and styling.







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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Mustard top + Khaki Pants







It's been very hot and humid in the twin cities and I have been living in sleeveless tops and shorts and cropped pants. I am so tired of this heat wave already! 😓 Did I also say I have been glued to my straw bags? I just love the natural feel of straw bags and the cool vibes it brings to summer outfits. I wore this outfit a few days ago to watch a play with my kids and it was a day I did not want to be outside because of the high humidity. Knowing that it was going to be cool in the theatre I had a denim jacket with me which I did not include in the pictures. My tie waist khaki pants and top is from Loft and my sandals are from DSW. I think it is about time I retire this particular straw bag; It's been in heavy rotation since last summer. Right now, I'm kind of longing for Fall. I'm so tired of this heat wave already. I hope you are enjoying great weather wherever you are. Thank you so much for stopping by here.




Monday, August 20, 2018

Pink Dress + Metallic Heels






I don't own a lot of pink or fuchsia color dresses but I do own a couple of pink blazers and pants and I wanted to add to my fuchsia color collection. I purchased this dress on sale last summer after I noticed it in a Burlington Catalog that came in the mail to the house. I like the simplicity of the dress and for the under $30 price tag, the quality wasn't that bad. I purchased the floral clutch at the same time as the dress and I knew the outfit would come in handy for a quick dress-up to go on a date or to a party. That day came recently when I was invited to a wedding on the same day that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got married and I knew right away that I was going to wear this dress. I paired it with a pink Fascinator (hat) in a nod to the big British themed wedding of the day and I completed the look with sparkly drop earrings and metallic heels and these are the pictures I took sans the hat. Thanks so much for reading.


Friday, August 17, 2018

The Patch-work trend: White top + denim Skirt








Happy flashback Friday. Today's post is a big flashback to these old pics from my Blog folder and this  eighties look; patch work denim. I took these pictures some time last summer on a cool summer day. It was a very simple look like my looks always are; white sleeveless top, patch-work denim skirt with fringe bottom, pink fringe earrings for a pop of color and a black pair of mules. It was a very casual look but I wore it to Church for a Wednesday Mid-week service. The eighties fashion is coming up in blazers, pant suits, shoulder pads, graphic tees, denim skirts and even leopard prints. It is time to start digging into our closets for those old pieces. Are you excited for the come back of leopard prints or the shoulder pads? I'm having second thoughts about those. Thanks for visiting.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

What to do with old trendy pieces in your Closet






Hi Friends, happy Thursday 😀 I'm sharing an old look from my blog folder for this post on a throwback Thursday. (These pics were in my folder for about a year and were not blogged before now mostly because of the quality but I I tried to edit the pictures with the Snapseed App a bit and decided to blog them anyway). This pineapple prints skirt from Ann Taylor  is an old piece from my closet and I have styled it several times on the blog before in this post here and here.  It was so popular two summers ago because of the beautiful unusual pineapple print and there were about three pieces in the collection as it is usual with some of these trendy summer prints; there were dresses, skirts and shorts. For this look, I paired the skirt with a chambray shirt and block heel sandals and a "big-hair-don't-care" attitude 😁 I have worn this outfit a couple of times (since) after the day these pics were taken, mostly to church. And this brings me to the main idea behind this post; what do you do with very old trendy pieces in your closet?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Summer Trend: White Shoes







"White Shoes" is a huge trend this summer and it's much like the white sneaker trend of last fall. This summer, white shoes; mules, sandals, birkenstock, kitten heels and slides are all over the stores and online and you can get them at different price range. This white Gucci Mules might be the culprit for the boost of the white shoe trend or this Greece Slides right here. "Shoe-ever" is the culprit, shoe lovers do not really mind. If you love the white shoe trend for summer and want to check out more styles, click on the shopping links below. Happy shopping 😍


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Polka dots Skirt + white button down shirt






So, polka dots prints we know is trending right now. I dug into my Blog Photo Folder and found these pictures I took last summer where I wore this beautiful ruffle hem skirt that I purchased from NET-A-PORTER. The price was a little steep but I loved the skirt and knew it was a huge statement skirt and did not want to pass on it. I paired it with a white bodysuit botton up shirt that I purchased from Victorias Secret years ago. You can find similar piece here and here. This season, there are more budget friendly versions of this skirt like this piece on the Shein Website but I don't know about the quality of their clothing because I have not shopped on the site before. A similar piece in a different color is on the Eshakti website and that I can vouch for the quality because I have shopped on their site so many times. I completed my look with pom-pom sandals from Asos blogged about here. also, check out a similar polka dot look in this post here. Thanks so much for stopping by here.



Monday, August 13, 2018

Cropped floral blazer + Pink high waist Pants






Oh, I don't remember when I purchased this floral blazer but I know it's been years. It was a trendy piece the summer I purchased it from Target mostly because floral blazer was a big trend that summer. I'm thinking it was 2010...2011...Well,  I have held onto this blazer all these years because of the great quality and the fact that cropped floral blazers are not easy to find at an affordable price. I know I have styled it somewhere before on the blog with blue denim and this time around I decided to pair it with a pink color high waist pants or paper bag pants; a huge trend in the spring. I layered a white tee underneath and completed the look with brown platform pumps. I have been shopping my closet for months and have not done any major fashion shopping but I am looking forward to doing some shopping for Fall. What about you? What clothing piece have you held unto for years? Thanks so much for reading.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Work Style: Ivory + Brown






Ivory or white and brown has been one of my favorite color pairings this season. Here I am wearing an ivory blouse paired with a tweed brown color A-line skirt. The tweed skirt is more or less a cold weather staple but I made the outfit summer worthy by accessorizing with floral embellished pumps in a nude color to match the color tone of the outfit. My vintage leather bag completed the look. Thanks for viewing.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Work Style: Purple + Lilac






Purple is my favorite color of all time though I don't get to wear it as often as I would like. This is the reason I was super excited when the color started to trend in spring. Purple and lilac is also one of my favorite color blocking combination as seen in this style inspiration post here. For this look, I'm wearing my light purple or lilac color J. Crew NO. 2 Pencil Skirt in cotton twill; such great quality; I don't know if the store still carries this style of pencil skirt anymore. I paired it with a purple color sleeveless top and completed the look with a metallic statement necklace from Burlington. The black sleeveless coat from House of Fraser and black pumps nailed the look as a work style. Click on the shopping links below if you care for more shopping info.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The denim Skirt: styling an old trend






The eighties are back! woot...woot...👏 👏  not in a mad rush though; slowly but surely, pieces are creeping in. One of such piece from the eighties that is trending again right now is the denim skirt. It is a unique piece that I have loved for years and the patched skirt I am wearing in this post is one of my favorites and I have had it for years previously blogged about here. I love the patch work design which is a nod to Fall's patch-work style trend. I love that denim skirt though a casual piece, can be dressed up a bit with the right accessories to get a formal look. The tip is to get a darker shade of the denim; the darker the shade, the more formal the look of the denim. A dressed up denim can be worn to somewhat formal events like fund raising events, casual work meetings or to work on a casual Friday. You can check out the sets below for styling inspiration on the formal and very casual styling of the denim skirt. Thanks so much for viewing.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Create your own Vintage: My white lace sun dress






We all know vintage is any thing or piece that is old but has great value and there are ladies that are exclusively into vintage fashion. They seek out old period/vintage pieces to put together a unique style. If done right, that sense of style stands out any time. Well, I do love vintage pieces too but I'm yet to focus exclusively on creating a vintage style for myself. What I focused on however, was styling this old lace dress for this post. It is a dress I have had for years and it is actually my "weight-checker" or my "weight piece." And by this I mean, I keep some pieces in my closet; pants, dresses and tops that I use to check my weight gain. If they don't fit right, then it is time to hit the gym! Lol...😂 I think this method is just better than obsessing over numbers on the scale. I do use the scale too now and then and then, there is the "waist-measurement method," where you use a tape to measure your waist line...😂 Oh, this is not a fitness post; that would be dealt with at a different time...

Monday, August 6, 2018

Shoe Lovin' - Ann Taylor Blue Satin block heel Sandals










I froze for a second when I saw this cobalt blue satin bow Mules online. It's so beautiful and the combination of the blue with the brown heels is such a beautiful contrast. This is the exact example of what we call "Statement Shoes." And you know mules are trending this season so this is definitely a trendy pair. Ann Taylor is the designer of this beautiful pair and I must say that this is their best shoe design yet and this is because I have browsed the Ann Taylor shoe collections from previous years and this one really stands out. Do you agree? Click on the shopping link below for more info.



Friday, August 3, 2018

Summer color-blocking: Mint + White






I am sharing one of my favorite color block style for the summer; mint and white. I have had this ruffle blouse for years; an old purchase from T. J. Maxx. I love the color of the top but the crinkly fabric, I don't like so much. It creates a puckered shape in front that makes me look like I am bloated so I really don't like the top that much. I'm currently loving this luxury piece here. I like to pair it the top with my white color wide legged pants as I did in this post. It is a simple outfit I wear to very casual events. I admit I needed a third color to amp up the outfit and yellow, purple or magenta would have just been fine. I could not find my yellow drop earrings so I opted for the gold bracelet instead. Any color pairs well with white really and the third color just brings everything home.



                                                                                   

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Tan Trousers + Floral sandals






So, pastels was a huge trend in the spring and I decided to take the look into summer. In this post, I am wearing a simple outfit; tan trousers and a white sleeveless top accessorized with fringe earrings and straw bag and a pair of floral Steve Madden Sandals. The outfit is almost monochrome but the sandals does add a pop of color. These pictures were actually taken last summer with my iPhone-6 and I'm just blogging them now. My blog picture folder is full of old pictures and since I'm not taking blog pictures currently because I'm on a sort of semi blog break, I would be blogging my old pictures for a while. Thanks so much for stopping by.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Summer Style: Styling Straw Accessories





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Straw accessories; hats, bags and sometimes shoes have become basic summer essentials so much so that high end designers are now rolling out luxury straw bags and accessories like this here and here and here. However, price or label does not matter when styling these accessories. You can get a $10.00 straw hat or straw bag and style them with your basic summer outfits and you would still look like a million bucks. The key is to style them with what I call "happy Outfits;" that is very "summery outfits;" off-the-shoulder tops and dresses, whites, shorts, ruffle dresses and skirts, drop and tiered or chandelier earrings and beach wear. If you need more inspiration, check out these sets.